November 20, 1943 |
|Known for||Kissy Suzuki in You Only Live Twice|
Hama was working as a bus conductor when she was spotted by producer Tomoyuki Tanaka. She went on to become one of the most in-demand actresses in Japan. Notable appearances included the 1965 spy comedy Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi, which was the source for the Woody Allen film What's Up, Tiger Lily?, and Toho Studio's monster and fantasy movies such as King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), The Lost World of Sinbad (1963) and King Kong Escapes (1967). By the time she starred in You Only Live Twice, she had made more than 60 movies.
Hama was originally cast to play the character Aki (who was originally named Suki), and her co-star Akiko Wakabayashi was cast to play Kissy Suzuki. The two actresses were sent to London for three months, to be tutored in English, although in the end, Hama was dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl. Eventually, she left acting to become a talk-show host in Japan. She is dedicated to supporting Japan's natural wonders and preserving the environment. She also owns and rents out a traditional house in Mt. Fuji called "Hakone-Yamaboushi" that is built from various abandoned houses.
In 2017, she said in a New York Times article that she gave up acting, because she wanted a normal life, a life that includes authoring 14 books, becoming a television and radio host, connoisseur of folk art, and advocating the preservation of old farms and farming techniques, and not losing the authentic Japan for economic development.
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